It’s NAIDOC week, an annual national celebration held from the first Sunday of July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week consists of events and celebrations across the country.
Performing Lines has the privilege of working with a host of First Nations artists across a wide spread of disciplines, in each of our state offices. Their insights and creative practices form an invaluable part of our artistic footprint as an organisation. This NAIDOC week we have spoken to a small handful of the First Nations artists with whom we work.
Our second interview is with Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri woman Katina Olsen; dancer, choreographer and one of the stars of Sunshine Super Girl.
How are you keeping busy these days?
The running joke with anyone that knows me well is that I’m always keeping a little too busy. This year I’ve been really fortunate to work on a number of dance projects: I began the year on Kabi Kabi Country in development with independent dance artist Courtney Scheu on her new work SAND, then drove to Sydney for a development with Meryl Tankard for a new work KAIROS. I flew to Mount Gambier to work with my Dance Makers Collective colleague Anya Mckee on our new work Woman’s Work, then remounted and toured our Dance Makers Collective’s show THE RIVOLI through regional NSW. I finally took some time off with the family over Easter then back at it… up to Kukuyalanji Country (Mossman, Qld) for an on Country research trip for Preparing Ground, a new work I’m co-choreographing with Marilyn Miller and Jasmin Sheppard, then flew across to Yawuru Country, Broome for an amazing Dramaturgy Lab with Marrugeku. Then after all that, I flew into Mparntwe (Alice Springs) where I’ve just had the pleasure of spending 6 weeks in development for 3 new works (including one of my own called White Lies) for GUTS Dance.
Right now I’m on a flight to Ngaro Country, The Whitsundays to take another mini break (phewww) before another Preparing Ground research trip to Tagalaka Country (Croydon, Qld) before I’m back to Sydney remounting Sunshine Super Girl with Andrea James and the team for our big 5 month tour!!!